Roosevelt Parents

School and PTA Resources for all Roosevelt Parents

Month: March 2013

Week of Mar 18 – Mar 22

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 9.33.04 AMMake sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Kinder Families! Kinder families are responsible for the Spring Book Fair. Make sure you’ve signed up for a time slot on the sign up sheets at the drop off area

Monday, March 18
Entry Forms Due for RWC Art Contest “My Redwood City – Places, Faces & Events”

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule for Grades 1 – 7 and Early Bird Schedule for Kindergarten classes

Spring Book Fair in the Library

Tuesday, March 19
Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule for Grades 1 – 7 and Early Bird Schedule for Kindergarten classes

Spring Book Fair in the Library

Wednesday, March 20
Grandparent/Special Person Day at 9:00am

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule for Grades 1 – 7 and Early Bird Schedule for Kindergarten classes

Thursday, March 21
Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule for Grades 1 – 7 and Early Bird Schedule for Kindergarten classes

Spring Book Fair in the Library

Popcorn & Punch at the Spring Book Fair from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Friday, March 22
Minimum Day Schedule for Grades 1 – 7 and Early Bird Schedule for Kindergarten classes

Last day for Spring Book Fair in the Library

Begin Spring Break – Classes resume April 8

Important Dates…
March 25 – April 5 – Spring Break – No School
April 8 – End Spring Break – Classes Resume
April 9 – Drama Classes Begin for 6th, 7th & 8th grades at 2:30pm in MUR
April 15 – Site Council Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
April 19 – Movie Night! – Wreck-it Ralph at 6:15pm (4th Grade Families Volunteering) – note date change
April 22 – PTA Meeting at 6:00pm in Room 14
April 22 – May 3 – CST Testing for grades 2-7
May 1 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (3rd Grade Families Organizing)
May 6 – May 10 – Outdoor Education from 5th grade
May 18 – Pancake Breakfast at Applebees

Last Week’s Bonus Trivia Answer & Winner…
So, who has been a Roosevelt student, a Roosevelt parent and is now a Roosevelt grandparent and is also on Roosevelt’s staff? The correct answer is Roosevelt’s office manager Gwen Thomas! Congratulations to 1st grade teacher Leslie Daniele for being the first to respond with the correct answer. She’s now the proud owner of a Roosevelt spiritwear t-shirt!

Trivia Question…
Here’s a question in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  True or False? St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.

Make your guess and find out if you’re right at the bottom!

Roosevelt Choir for 4th & 5th Graders…
The 2nd & 3rd grade choir is finished and will perform at an upcoming assembly.  Now the 4th & 5th Grade Choir is beginning on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30pm in Room 25A starting April 9. Please turn in your choir participation form as soon as possible since spots are limited.

Drama Classes for 6th, 7th & 8th Grades…
The middle school drama classes begin Tuesday, April 9th and run Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 in the MUR.  Performances will be the first week in June.  Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Nights Dream” and a few scenes from a novel the 6th graders read earlier this year will be showcased, in addition to some smaller pieces.

PTA Pledges…
Reminders were sent home for all families that wanted to make a monthly contribution to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund. Please remember to send in your money.

If you still haven’t contributed $100 per child, or filled out a pledge form to make monthly payments, you can still do so. There are still a lot of Enrichment programs that the PTA has to fund for this year and we need your support. The more money our fund has, we can give the teachers the go ahead to schedule field trips and classroom visitors. Please include your child’s name and room number so that it can be credited to your family.

Checks should be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you can make a cash donation. Please use the envelope that was sent with the reminder to send back your payment so that it can be credited to your family. You can also pay via Credit Card or bank transfer using the PayPal Donate button on the parent blog at www.rooseveltparents.com You can also pay by credit card in the school office.

Thank you for your generosity!

Picky Eaters – Why They Are That Way And What to Do About It
Speaker: Judy McCrary Koeppen MS CCC Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist specializes in picky eaters and difficult feeders in her practice in Redwood City. Her clients range in age from young toddlers on up.

March 21 at 7:00pm by SEPTAR Special Education PTA of Redwood City (www.septar.org) No charge and open to all. Free child care available
Location:Redwood City School District Office

Rethinking Dyslexia...
A movie by James Redford (son of Robert Redford) on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30pm at The Fox Theater. Tickets $15 each. And if you’re a big Robert Redford fan, there’s a rumor that he’ll be at the screening that night with his son James.

Twinderella…
Did you know that Cinderella has a long lost twin brother named Bob living in the same kingdom with his own wicked step family? The separated siblings have enlisted the services of the Fairy Godmother, the Godfather (he ain’t no fairy!) and two enchanted gerbils to help wile their way into the exclusive royal festivities of Wychwood-under-Ooze. Bob has his sights set on Prince Percy’s all-kingdom baseball game, while Cinderella eyes the birthday gala for Princess Petunia. When the two strangers disappear at midnight after Cinderella hits a game winning homerun, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat!

Don’t miss the students from Roy Cloud Elementary School in this fun and action-packed musical, sure to bring laughs and get the whole family singing! Performances are held April 19-21 at MIT auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at Roy Cloud School or online at roycloudtwinderella.eventbrite.com

Earthquakes Soccer Game…
Roosevelt has once again reserved seats at the June 29 SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy soccer game at Stanford Stadium. Watch for information about upcoming ticket sales! All tickets cost $20 each. Tell your friends and family – this game was sold out last year and we were lucky enough to have an entire section!

Volunteer Timesheet Is Now Online…
You can now submit your volunteer hours using our new online form on the blog. Just select the Volunteering tab. Complete the form and click Submit and you’re done! You can fill out the form each time you’ve completed some of your 40 hours, or wait until you’ve logged several hours and then fill out the form.

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from Roosevelt school events in your news feed.

If you’ve liked our page, but don’t see any updates in your news feed, it’s because Facebook has been using a formula that hides posts for pages that don’t pay for sponsored placements. What can you do? Go to our Facebook page and hover your mouse over the Liked box. Then make sure Get Notifications and Show in News Feed are checked. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is False. The St. Patrick mythology includes the claim that he banished snakes from Ireland. ShamrockIt’s true no snakes exist on the island today, Freeman said. But they never did. Ireland, after all, is surrounded by icy ocean waters—much too cold to allow snakes to migrate from Britain or anywhere else. But since snakes often represent evil in literature, “when Patrick drives the snakes out of Ireland, it is symbolically saying he drove the old, evil, pagan ways out of Ireland [and] brought in a new age,” Freeman said. The snakes myth and others—such as Patrick using three-leafed shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost)—were likely spread by well-meaning monks centuries after St. Patrick’s death, Freeman said. For more St. Patrick’s Day trivia, check out http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/03/090316-st-patricks-day-facts.html

Sláinte! (Pronounced SLAWN-CHA – That’s an Irish toast meaning “to your health” in Gaelic.)

Reminder! Medical Mysteries Night!

reminderTonight is the Medical Mysteries Night for families of students in Grades 4 – 7.  There are two sessions, the first one starts at 6:00pm -6:50pm and the second one is from 7:00pm – 7:50pm. Students will be pretending to be medical investigators to find out what is “wrong” with different patients. If your 4th – 7th grader has a younger sibling, they may attend as well, but they must stay with an adult.

Parent volunteers are needed for both sessions to assist with set-up and to help with the activities. 16 volunteers are needed to act as “patients”. Please let our 7th Grade Math/Science teacher Julie Gordon know if you can help out.  Contact the school office at 369-5597 to let them know you can help out, or send an email to jgordon@rcsdk8.net

Week of Mar 11 – Mar 15

March 11Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

Reminder! Saturday night/Sunday morning was the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. Make sure all of your clocks were moved FORWARD one hour!

Note:  Parent/Teacher Conferences begin on Friday, March 15. Please make sure you have scheduled a conference time with your child’s teacher!

Monday, March 11
Library Coin Challenge – Bring in your PENNIES

English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meeting at 1:30pm in Room 1.

Site Council meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14). Please note the new start time of 6:00pm for Site Council Meetings. On the agenda for this month’s meeting: McGarvey Parking Lot issues, Measure W fund update and the School Safety and Discipline Plan.  All are encouraged to attend and Spanish translation is available. (Attendance counts toward your 40 hour time commitment)

Tuesday, March 12
Library Coin Challenge – Bring in your NICKELS

Medical Mysteries Night for families of students in Grades 4 – 7.  There are two sessions, 6:00-6:50 and 7:00-7:50. Students pretend to be medical investigators to find out what is “wrong” with different patients. If your 4th – 7th grader has a younger sibling, they may attend as well, but they must stay with an adult. Volunteers are needed for both sessions (more information below)

Wednesday, March 13
Library Coin Challenge – Bring in your DIMES

5th Grade (Rm 13) field trip to Biz World at Informatica Headquarters, Redwood Shores 8:00am – 3:00pm

Outdoor Education Meeting for 5th grade families at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria. This meeting will have all of the information you will need for this year’s trip which is scheduled for the week of May 6. Checks and credit cards will be accepted that evening to pay for your student’s trip.

Thursday, March 14
Library Coin Challenge – Bring in your QUARTERS

5th Grade (Rm 13) field trip to Biz World at Informatica Headquarters, Redwood Shores 8:00am – 3:00pm

Friday, March 15
Library Coin Challenge – Bring in your ANY COIN or DOLLARS

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule for Grades 1 – 7 and Early Bird Schedule for Kindergarten classes

Begin Spring Book Fair in the school library (Kinder Families Volunteering – see sign up sheets at the drop off area)

Important Dates…
March 18 – March 21 – Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule
March 18 – March 22 – Early Bird Schedule for Kindergarten classes
March 18 – Entry Forms Due for RWC Art Contest “My Redwood City – Places, Faces & Events”
March 22 – Minimum Day – Begin Spring Break
March 25 – April 5 – Spring Break – No School
April 8 – End Spring Break – Classes Resume
April 12 – Movie Night! – Wreck-it Ralph at 6:15pm (4th Grade Families Volunteering)

Trivia Question…
What year was Roosevelt School built?

a. 1949
b. 1950
c. 1951
d. 1954

Make your guess and find out if you’re right at the bottom!

Volunteers Needed for Tuesday Night…
We really need some parent volunteers to show up at 5:30 to assist with set-up and to help with the activities. 16 volunteers are needed to act as “patients”. Please let our 7th Grade Math/Science teacher Julie Gordon know if you can help out. She needs 16 volunteers and she only has 4 as of Friday afternoon. You can sign up to volunteer at either session. jgordon@rcsdk8.net

PTA Pledges…
Reminders are once again being sent home for all families that wanted to make a monthly contribution to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund. Please remember to send in your money.

If you still haven’t contributed $100 per child, or filled out a pledge form to make monthly payments, you can still do so. There are still a lot of Enrichment programs that the PTA has to fund for this year and we need your support. The more money our fund has, we can give the teachers the go ahead to schedule field trips and classroom visitors. Please include your child’s name and room number so that it can be credited to your family.

Checks should be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you can make a cash donation. Please use the envelope that was sent with the reminder to send back your payment so that it can be credited to your family. You can also pay via Credit Card or bank transfer using the PayPal Donate button on the parent blog at www.rooseveltparents.com You can also pay by credit card in the school office.

Thank you for your generosity!

Spring Book Fair…
The Spring Book Fair will be held in the school library during parent/teacher conferences (March 15 – March 22). Kindergarten families are being asked to sign up for a shift to help our librarian with this event. Sign up sheets have been posted, so please sign up for a time slot.  If you are not a Kinder parent, but would like to help out with the book fair, please contact our librarian Paulette Elliott at pelliott@rcsdk8.net

Earthquakes Soccer Game…
Roosevelt has once again reserved seats at the June 29 SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy soccer game at Stanford Stadium. Watch for information about upcoming ticket sales! All tickets cost $20 each. Tell your friends and family – this game was sold out last year and we were lucky enough to have an entire section!

Rethinking Dyslexia Movie...
A movie by James Redford (son of Robert Redford) on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30pm at The Fox Theater. Tickets $15 each. And if you’re a big Robert Redford fan, there’s a rumor that he’ll be at the screening that night with his son James.

Volunteer Timesheet Is Now Online…
You can now submit your volunteer hours using our new online form on the blog. Just select the Volunteering tab. Complete the form and click Submit and you’re done! You can fill out the form each time you’ve completed some of your 40 hours, or wait until you’ve logged several hours and then fill out the form.

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from Roosevelt school events in your news feed.

If you’ve liked our page, but don’t see any updates in your news feed, it’s because Facebook has been using a formula that hides posts for pages that don’t pay for sponsored placements. What can you do? Go to our Facebook page and hover your mouse over the Liked box. Then make sure Get Notifications and Show in News Feed are checked. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is c. 1951 which makes Roosevelt 62 years old this year! So, the first Kindergarten students on Roosevelt’s campus are now 67 years old. School Sign

The first person that responds to the following bonus trivia question with the correct answer will win a Roosevelt spirit wear t-shirt (your choice of color and size).

Bonus Question: Who has been a Roosevelt student, a Roosevelt parent and is now a Roosevelt grandparent and is also on Roosevelt’s staff? Send your best guess to trishreillytaylor@gmail.com

Just to be clear, this question does NOT imply that the person in question is 67 years old or even close to it! 🙂

The answer and winner will be announced in next week’s update.

Have a great week!

Week of Mar 4 – Mar 8

March 4Make sure to mark your calendars for the following events at Roosevelt this week:

All Week – Benchmark Data Analysis – classes will have a substitute teacher at some point during the week.

Tuesday, March 5
CST Writing Test for students in grades 4 & 7. (Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and a good breakfast!)

Re-scheduled PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the Faculty Lounge (Room 14).The PTA will be discussing upcoming fundraising events and looking at where we stand with the budget for enrichment programs for this year. All are welcome to attend and Spanish translation is available. Free childcare is offered in the YMCA room. (Attendance counts toward your 40 hour time commitment)

Wednesday, March 6
Easter/Spring Candy Sale Order Forms Due!

Makeups for CST Writing Test. No makeup tests after March 6.

Important Dates…
March 15 – March 21 – Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule
March 15 – March 22 – Early Bird Schedule for Kindergarten classes
March 15 – March 22 – Spring Book Fair (Kinder Families Volunteering)
March 18 – Entry Forms Due for RWC Art Contest “My Redwood City – Places, Faces & Events”
March 22 – Minimum Day – Begin Spring Break
March 25 – April 5 – Spring Break – No School
April 8 – End Spring Break – Classes Resume
April 12 – Movie Night! – Wreck-it Ralph at 6:15pm (4th Grade Families Volunteering)

Trivia Question…
How many chocolate Easter Bunnies are made each year?

a. 30 million
b. 50 million
c. 70 million
d. 90 million

Make your guess and find out if you’re right at the bottom!

Candy Fundraiser…
Don’t forget to turn in your order forms on March 6 for The World’s Finest Chocolate Spring/Easter candy fundraiser! Additional flyers and order forms are available in the school office. Orders will be distributed the week of March 11.

Candy Fundraiser Volunteers Needed…
3rd Grade Parent Patty Lineras has generously volunteered to run the World’s Finest candy fundraiser, but she needs some help! If you can volunteer a few hours of your time to help count orders or put orders together to send out on March 11, please contact the school office or contact Patty Lineras at pattyl1968@gmail.com

PTA Pledges…
Reminders were sent home for all families that wanted to make a monthly contribution to the Roosevelt Enrichment Fund. Please remember to send in your money.

If you still haven’t contributed $100 per child, or filled out a pledge form to make monthly payments, you can still do so. There’s still a lot of Enrichment programs that the PTA has to fund for this year and we need your support. Please also include your child’s name and room number so that it can be credited to your family.

Checks should be made out to Roosevelt PTA or you can make a cash donation. Please use the envelope that was sent with the reminder to send back your payment so that it can be credited to your family. You can also pay via Credit Card or bank transfer using the PayPal Donate button on the parent blog at www.rooseveltparents.com You can also pay by credit card in the school office.

Thank you for your generosity!

Spring Book Fair…
The Spring Book Fair will be held in the school library during parent/teacher conferences (March 15 – March 22). Kindergarten families are being asked to sign up for a shift to help our librarian with this event. Sign up sheets will be posted soon, so please be on the lookout. If you are not a Kinder parent, but would like to help out with the book fair, please contact our librarian Paulette Elliott at pelliott@rcsdk8.net

Earthquakes Soccer Game…
Roosevelt has once again reserved seats at the June 29 SJ Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy soccer game at Stanford Stadium. Watch for information about upcoming ticket sales! Tell your friends and family – this game was sold out last year and we were lucky enough to have an entire section!

Volunteer Timesheet Is Now Online…
You can now submit your volunteer hours using our new online form on the blog. Just select the Volunteering tab. Complete the form and click Submit and you’re done! You can fill out the form each time you’ve completed some of your 40 hours, or wait until you’ve logged several hours and then fill out the form.

“Like” us on Facebook…
Please be sure to “Like” the Roosevelt page to get school and district updates and pictures from Roosevelt school events in your news feed.

If you’ve liked our page, but don’t see any updates in your news feed, it’s because Facebook has been using a formula that hides posts for pages that don’t pay for sponsored placements. What can you do? Go to our Facebook page and hover your mouse over the Liked box. Then make sure Get Notifications and Show in News Feed are checked. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roosevelt-Elementary-School/214259038634327

Trivia Question Answer…
The correct answer is d. 90 million! chocolate_bunnyOf those 90 million bunnies, 76% of Americans eat the ears first. According to the National Confectioners Association, Americans consumed – or at least purchased – 7 billion pounds of candy for Easter in 2011.

Don’t forget to pick up some chocolate bunnies for your friends and family with our candy fundraiser!

Have a great week!

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